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Kenny Dennis

Born: May 27, 1930    Primary Instrument: Drums

Kenny Dennis

Kenny Dennis began his music career in the United States Army Band playing drums in three bands from 1948-1952. While serving, he met and performed with fellow musicians, (alto-saxophonist) Cannonball Adderley, his brother, (trumpet player) Nat, and (pianist) Junior Mance. After being discharged, he connected with junior high school mate, (pianist) Ray Bryant and became part of The Ray Bryant Trio along with Jimmy Rowser on bass. They became the house trio at the famous North Philadelphia Jazz Club, “Blue Note” where they played for such notable jazz artist as J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Chris Connor, and Sonny Stitt. His career next took him to New York, where he worked with numerous artists including Miles Davis, Phineas Newborn, Billy Taylor, Erroll Garner, Charles Mingus and Sonny Rollins. In 1957 Kenny performed in Sonny Rollins's Trio with bassist Wendell Marshall at Carnegie Hall -- a historic performance that was commemorated in 2007 with a 50th anniversary concert. Kenny’s next stop was California, when Miles Davis recommended him to Ms. Lena Horne. Recording credits include recordings with such notable artist as Michelle Le Grande Miles Davis, Charlie Mingus, Nancy Wilson, Gerald Wilson and Langston Hughes....
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As A Side Musician

Sonny Rollins Plays
Sonny Rollins/Thad Jones
Period
1957
Tracks: 1. Sonnymoon For Two; 2. Like Someone In Love; 3. Theme From Pathetique Symphony.
Personnel: Jimmy Cleveland: trombone; Sonny Rollins: tenor sax; Gil Coggins: piano; Wendell Marshall: bass; Kenny Dennis: drums.

Personal Appearance
Sonny Stitt
Verve
1957
Tracks: 1. Easy to Love; 2. Easy Living ; 3. Autumn in New York; 4. You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To; 5.For Some Friends; 6. I Never Knew; 7. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea; 8. East of the Sun (And West of the Moon); 9. Original?; 10. Avalon; 11. Blues Greasy.
Personnel: Sonny Stitt: alto saxophone, tenor saxophone; Bobby Timmons: piano; Edgar Willis: bass; Kenny Dennis: drums.

The Congregation
Johnny Griffin
Blue Note
1957
Tracks: 1. The Congregation; 2. Latin Quarter; 3. I'm Glad There Is You; 4. Main Spring; 5. It's You or No One; 6. I Remember You.
Personnel: Johnny Griffin: tenor sax; Sonny Clark: piano; Paul Chambers: bass; Kenny Dennis: drums.

Legrand Jazz
Michael Legrand Orchestra
Columbia
1958
Tracks: A1. The Jitterbug Waltz; A2. Nuages; A3. Night In Tunisia; A4. Blue And Sentimental; A5. Stompin' At The Savoy; A6. Django; B1. Wild Man Blues; B2. Rosetta; B3. 'Round Midnight; B4. Don't Get Around Much Anymore; B5. In A Mist;.
Personnel: Art Farmer: trumpet (A3, A5, B5); Donald Byrd: trumpet (A3, A5, B5); Ernie Royal: trumpet (A3, A5, B5); Joe Wilder: trumpet (A3, A5, B5); Miles Davis: trumpet (A1, A6, B1, B3); Gene Quill: alto sax (A3, A5, B5) , Phil Woods: alto sax (A1, A3, A5, A6, B1, B3, B6); Ben Webster: tenor sax (A2, A4, B2, B4); John Coltrane: tenor sax (A1, A6, B1, B3); Seldon Powell: tenor sax (A3, A5, B5); Teo Macero: baritone sax (A3, A5, B5); Jerome Richardson: clarinet, baritone sax (A1, A6, B1, B3); Billy Byers: trombone (A2, A4, B2, B4); Eddie Bert: trombone (A2, A4, B2, B4); Frank Rehak: trombone (A2-A5, B2, B4); Jimmy Cleveland: trombone (A2, A3 to A5, B2, B4, B5); Jimmy Cleveland: trombone (A3, A5, B5); Herbie Mann: flute (A1, A2, A4, A6, B1-B4); James Buffington: french horn (A3, A5, B5); Betty Glamann: harp (A1, A6, B1, B3); Vibraharp - Don Elliot: vibraharp (A3, A5, B5); Eddie Costa: vibraharp (A1, A6, B1, B3); Piano - Bill Evans: piano (A1, A6, B1, B3); Hank Jones: piano (A2, A4, B2, B4); Nat Pierce: piano (A3, A5, B5); Barry Galbraith: guitar (A1, A6, B1, B3); George Duvivier: bass (A2, A4, B2, B4); Milt Hinton: bass (A3, A5, B5); Paul Chambers; (A1, A6, B1, B3); Major Holley: bass, tuba (A2, A4, B2, B4); Don Lamond: drums (A2, A4, B2, B4); Kenny Dennis: drums (A1, A6, B1, B3); Osie Johnson: drums (A3, A5, B5); Michel Legrand: arranger, conductor.

Slide Hampton and His Horn of Plenty
Slide Hampton
Strand
1959
Tracks: 1. Autumn Leaves; 2. Patricia; 3. Althea; 4. Woody ‘n’ You; 5. Newport; 6. Jazz Corner; 7. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child; 8. Go East Young Man
Personnel: Booker Little: trumpet; Freddie Hubbard: trumpet; George Coleman: tenor sax; Jay Cameron: baritone sax; Slide Hampton: trombone, arr; Kiane Zawadi (aka Bernard McKinney): euphonium; George Tucker: bass; Charlie Persip: drums (1,2); Kenny Dennis: drums (3,4); Pete LaRoca: drums (5-8).

Jazz Scene USA
Phineas Newborn Jr
Sanachie
1962
Tracks: 1. Theme for Bassie; 2. Lush Life; 3. Blues for the Left Hand Only; 4. New Blues; 5. Oleo.
Personnel: Phineas Newborn Jr: piano; Al McKibbon: bass; Kenny Dennis: drums.

Today, Tomorrow, Forever
Nancy Wilson
Capitol
1964
Tracks: 1. One Note Samba; 2. Go Away Little Boy; 3. Unchain My Heart; 4. I Left My Heart in San Francisco; 5. Wives and Lovers; 6. The Good Life; 7. What Kind of Fool Am I?; 8. I Can't Stop Loving You; 9. On Broadway; 10. Our Day Will Come; 11. Call Me Irresponsible; 12. Tonight May Have to Last Me All My Life.
Personnel: Nancy Wilson: vocals; John Gray: guitar; Bill Perkins: tenor saxophone; Lou Blackburn: trombone; Lou Levy: piano, celesta; Jack Wilson: piano, organ; Kenny Dennis: drums; Milt Holland: congas, percussion.

The Weary Blues With Langston Hughes
Langston Hughes
MGM Records
1966
Tracks: A1. Blues Montage; A2. Opening Blues; A3. Blues Montage; A4. Commercial Theater; A5. Morning After; A6. Could Be; A7. Testament; B1. Consider Me; B2. The Stranger; B3. Midnight Stroll; B4. Backstage; B5. Dream Montage; B6. Weird Nightmare; B7. Double G Train; B8. Jump Monk.
Personnel: Charles Mingus: bass, arranger (B1 to B8); Leonard Feather: arranger (A1 to A7); Milt Hinton: bass (A1 to A7); Kenny Dennis: drums - (B1 to B8); Osie Johnson: drums (A1 to A7); Al Williams: piano (A1 to A7); Horace Parlan: piano (B1 to B8); Shafi Hadi: tenor sax (B1 to B8); Sam (The Man) Taylor: tenor sax, clarinet (A1 to A7); Jimmy Knepper: trombone (B1 to B8); Vic Dickenson: trombone (A1 to A7); Red Allen: trumpet (A1 to A7); Langston Hughes: Vocals.

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Johnny Griffin Quartet - The Congregation
Johnny Griffin - tenor sax, Sonny Clark - Piano, Paul Chambers - Bass, Kenny Dennis - Drums
From the album 'THE CONGREGATION' (1957)


Sonny Stitt Quartet - "Blues Greasy"
Sonny Stitt - alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, Bobby Timmons - piano, Edgar Willis - bass, Kenny Dennis - drums
From the album Personal Appearance - 1957


Michael Legrand Jazz Orchestra - "Jitterbug Waltz"
Miles Davis - trumpet, Herbie Mann - flute, Jerome Richardson - clarinet, baritone sax, Phil Woods - alto sax, John Coltrane - tenor sax, Betty Glamann - harp, Eddie Costa - vibraphone, Barry Galbraith - guitar, Bill Evans - piano, Paul Chambers - bass, Kenny Dennis - drums, Michel Legrand - arranger, conductor
From the album Legrand Jazz - 1958


"When The Saints Go Marching In" and "What Kind of Fool Am I"
Victor Feldman - Vibes and Piano, Jimmy Rowles - Piano, Kenny Dennis - Drums, Bob Whitlock - Bass
From the Frankly Jazz TV Series with host Frank Evans (1962).


Kenny Dennis Trio - Gershwin's "Summertime" and "There's a Boat That's Leavin Soon for New York"
Kenny Dennis - Drums, Phil Wright - Piano, Mike Gurrola - Bass
Free Friday Jazz Series, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) on May 21, 2010.


Kenny Dennis Trio - "Autumn Leaves"
Kenny Dennis - Drums, Llew Matthew - Piano, Mike Gurrola - Bass
At Keyboard Concepts in Los Angeles on August 14, 2010.


Kenny Dennis Trio - "It Was Just One Of Those Things"
Kenny Dennis - Drums, Llew Matthew - Piano, Mike Gurrola - Bass
At Keyboard Concepts in Los Angeles on August 14, 2010.

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